Manchester United draw Real Sociedad and Arsenal get PSV in Europa League – The Guardian

Erik ten Hag’s first taste of European football at Manchester United includes a trip to Moldova and matches against Real Sociedad and Neil Lennon’s Omonoia.

The Europa League group stage draw also brought Arsenal a meeting with Ruud van Nistelrooy’s PSV Eindhoven, who were struck of the Champions League qualifiers from Rangers. Norway’s Bodø/Glimt and Zurich complete the line-up in Group A for Mikel Arteta’s team.

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Europa League group stage draw and dates

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Group A Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, Bodø/Glimt, Zurich
Group B Dynamo Kyiv, Rennes, Fenerbahce, AEK Larnaca
Group C Roma, Ludogorets, Real Betis, HJK Helsinki
Group D Braga, Malmö, Union Berlin, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise
Group E Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sheriff, Omonoia
Group F Lazio, Feyenoord, Midtylland, Sturm Graz
Group G Olympiakos, Qarabag, Fribourg, Nantes
Group H Red Star Belgrade, Monaco, Ferencvaros, Trabzonspor

First day 8 September 2022
Second match 15 September 2022
Third match 6 October 2022
Fourth battle day 13 October 2022
The fifth battle day 27 October 2022
Game six 3 November 2022

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United’s game in Moldova is against Sheriff Tiraspol, who achieved a remarkable 2-1 win at Real Madrid in the Champions League last season. Tiraspol is the capital of the an unrecognized state supported by Russia of Transnistria.

Cypriot club Omonoia have had Lennon, a former Celtic manager, in charge since March.

West Ham will meet Anderlecht in the group stage of the European Conference League. The two clubs played in the 1975-76 cup of European cup finals when the Belgian side won 4-2 in Brussels. David Moyes’ side also face Romania’s Bucharest-based FCSB and Danish team Silkeborg in Group B. FCSB were formerly known as Steaua Bucharest, European champions in 1986.

Hearts have a tough-looking section in Group A, playing Istanbul Basaksehir, Fiorentina and the Latvian champions RFS. Basaksehir’s squad includes the first Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil and Aston Villa loanee Bertrand Traore.

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European Conference League groups and dates

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Group A Istanbul Basaksehir, Fiorentina, Hearts, RFS
Group B West Ham, FCSB, Anderlecht, Silkeborg
Group C Villarreal, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Austria Wien, Lech Poznań
Group D Partizan, Cologne, Nice, Slovakia
Group E AZ Alkmaar, Apollon Limassol, Vaduz, Dnipro-1
Group F Ghent, Molde, Shamrock Rovers, Djurgården
Group G Slavia Praha, CFR Cluj, Sivasspor, Balkans
Group H Basel, Slovan Bratislava, Zalgiris Vilnius, Pyunik

First day 8 September
Second match 15 September
Third match 6 October
Fourth battle day 13 October
The fifth battle day 27 October
Game six November 3

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